James Rodriguez is one of the talked-about in the La Liga, and his skills are apparent in almost any video or match that you see him in. He is a highly sought-after player from various clubs – in both the Premier League, as well as La Liga itself. Earlier, a move to any other club seemed unlikely, as he was doing very well with Real Madrid. And why wouldn’t he – it is after all one of the biggest clubs in the world, with huge names in the footballing world playing for them.
However, Rodriguez was forced to put himself on the back burner, in spite of the fact that his talent is immeasurable. Real Madrid does have a history with letting world-class players go, but will James Rodriguez be added to that list? Certainly a player of his calibre deserves a lot more. Thus, it comes as no surprise that his agent is on the lookout for good offers wherein he could play first-team football.
As far as the Premier League is concerned, it has been at the receiving end of a lot of high-profile transfers this season. The stakes are set incredibly high, after all, what with this season being titled the “Battle of the Bosses”. Does this mean that James Rodriguez could possibly find a good offer here?
Chelsea has been on the lookout to add one more player to their team. In fact, Conte himself mentioned in an interview that something is lacking in their team and perhaps the left-footed Columbian from Real Madrid holds the key to that mystery. A £60m is now on the cards, though it is still not certain when it might happen.
James Rodriguez has been nicknamed a “talented outcast” by most footballing pundits. He scored 13 goals and set up 13 assists during his debut season at Real Madrid, almost two years ago. He majorly struggled last season, and a lot of reports suggest that this has to do with his inefficient work ethic – which can spell trouble for any player.
However, Conte is known to be extremely driven and strictly disciplined, when it comes to training, and maybe that is exactly what James Rodriguez is in need of – hard discipline and tough love.
Chelsea have no deficiency when it comes to attacking mid-fielders. Considering that, Chelsea might not be the ideal place for him to move to, since they already have a lot of players who could do what he does, and that would certainly affect his desire to be in the first-team. There’s no denying his pure quality, and unadulterated talent, which might just make sense to Conte.
Tactically speaking, Rodriguez’s move to Chelsea at this point might prove to be futile, as Chelsea under Conte appear to be playing a different style of football – something that does not require or depend on an attacking midfielder like him. He could be accommodated perfectly if the Blues shift to a 4-1-2-1-2, but Conte would not change his formation just to make one player fit in.
Rodriguez’s selling point is his dangerous left-footed shot. He can shoot from almost anywhere within 35 meters of the goal. This would definitely prove to a problem for the opposition as the defence would be trying their best to keep him at bay. On the flip side, that would open up more space for the likes of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa to capitalise upon.
Although right now, the Blues are employing a 4-2-3-1 formation, Conte has a personal preference towards a 4-2-4 or a 3-5-2. This is just his first moth at Stamford Bridge, but it does look like he is trying to mould them to fit a formation like that. After all, most of Conte’s best wins happened when he played that formation.
Coming back to James Rodriguez, none of those formation styles would suit him. If, and only if, Chelsea switches to the 4-1-2-1-2, having him in the team would make sense. However, even in that situation, Chelsea would still need to dispose Cesc Fabregas to have more variety in their line-up.
Rumours of his move to Stamford Bridge have increased over the last few days, but at this point, it does not seem like anything concrete.